It’s never a sight you want to see, and thankfully one you don’t see very often: an F1 car on its side up close against the barriers. That’s what happened when Jenson Button tipped Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein into an accident in Monaco, which thankfully ended with everyone unharmed. Wehrlein took a little while to extricate himself from the car and was taken away for medical checks but was ultimately okay and has been cleared to race in Canada.
There’s been some criticism of the incident, given that Button was on a one-off return and cannot serve the penalty that was handed to him by the stewards. Monisha Kaltenborn was understandably annoyed, saying: “I don’t understand how one can assess a situation and get it so wrong. There was no way he could pull the move off, that’s why I don’t know why he would try to do such a move.”
Wehrlein was initially cautious about his status, considering his Race of Champions crash in December that kept him out of the car for two races already this season. But he shared on social media: “Checks all done, see you in Montreal.”